During the course of the investigation into your workers' compensation claim, a deposition might be necessary. The deposition is an opportunity for both sides to ask questions about the accident, injuries, and any other relevant incidents. If you have a deposition scheduled, here is what you need to know.
What Should You Expect?
The deposition is an important part of the discovery process. It is important that you keep in mind that the information that you provide during the questioning can be later used as evidence in your case. If your case makes it to court, what you say could have an impact on whether or not a judge and jury side with you.
During the deposition, you will be asked questions about your background and work history. Even your criminal history could be questioned. In addition to these questions, you could be asked about any previous injuries that you have experienced, including past work injuries and any claims that resulted.
You will undoubtedly be asked about the events leading to the accident and asked to explain what happened in the period following the accident. Since you are receiving treatment, you will be asked about the providers who care for you, the type of treatment you received, and whether or not you are partially or fully recovered.
What Should You Do During the Deposition?
One of the most important things to remember is to be honest. Regardless of the question, you have to tell the truth. Even though the deposition is considered to be informal, you are required to take an oath at the start of the questioning and being dishonest could have legal ramifications for you.
You should also be on your best behavior during the deposition. Remember, the deposition could end up being shared with a judge and jury and if your behavior is less than ideal, it could impact how they view you. Being rude to the insurance company's lawyer could also lead to him or her treating you in a combative and aggressive manner.
During the deposition, you need to take your time and answer the question. Wait until the lawyer has completely finished it and think about your answer before responding. There is no rush and the lawyer cannot pressure you to answer quickly. Try to be sure of your answer and if you are not, let the lawyer know you do not remember. Never speculate.
Your lawyer will further prepare you for the deposition before it is time. For more information, contact a firm such as Erickson Law Office.